As I (Nomadic Samuel) boarded a train with Audrey (That Backpacker) I knew we were heading on a journey unlike any other we had previously experienced together in Korea. Decked out in our ‘worst’ we were heading to an event where if we came back home looking anything less than covered in mud it would be an absolute travesty. The Boryeong Mud Festival is a summer event in Korea where getting muddy, drunk and rocking out are served up aplenty.
As we boarded our train heading from Pyeongtaek to Daecheon we couldn’t help notice all the ‘other’ Waegooks (foreigners) on board. We noticed one girl chugging down on a gargantuan sized bottle of vodka. I’ve heard of chasing a bit of bubbly down before an event but this chug-a-thon was altogether in another realm that would set the tone for the entire day.
The event was a spectacular collision of drunken stupor, mud wrestling, pulsating music & raging hormones. For a more comprehensive guide to the event check out my ‘sister’ Boryeong Mud Festival Photo Essay on Nomadic Samuel photo gallery. One of the funniest and random events happened while we were on our way back home.
A group of drunk foreigners in their early 20’s were wielding an enormous plastic red kayak paddle. As I waltzed past these fine young specimens one of the guys boldly exclaimed, “Can I smack your ass?!?!” to which I replied “No, thanks.” As I stuttered onwards one of the young lasses ripped the paddle out of his hands chased after me and gave me a really solid whack in the derrière. It was too funny for me to be offended. Audrey nearly rolled on the ground howling. Sometimes it’s those quirky memories that burn a lasting impression in your memory. I don’t think we’ll be forgetting that any time soon.
YEAH! Are we having a good time or what? A group poses during the festivities.
Two foreigners wrestle on the beach and one is clearly winning this match with a serious take-down.
Two foreigners inside tubes collide with one another in an attempt to knock the other one down.
A group of Korean girls are toppled by a wave.
A lovely smile from a foreign lady posing for the camera.
Splish splash, a Korean lady is getting soaked in a water fight with her friend.
A cute Korean girl wearing red glasses poses for the camera, flashes a smiling face and appears genuinely happy in the water.
Some friends enjoy a happy faces moment on the beach.
Two Korean girls paint themselves with mud nearby Daecheon beach.
A Korean man is buried in sand yet looks surprising chilled out and relaxed on the beach.
A candid smile from a Korean girl wearing shades and rocking out to the bands playing at the stage.
A group of women cheer each other on as they dance during the Boryeong Mud Festival.
Another shot depicting how much a of a good time many folks were having during the rock concert.
These men were chugging beer, yelling loudly and dancing to the beats coming from the stage.
Mud everywhere! Some serious mud wrestling going on here.
A candid expression of a man dressed like a Canadian lumberjack.
Looks like everyone is having an awesome time! Great shots 🙂
They sure were! Thanks Laurence 🙂
Great photos! Interesting!! Did you join them or you just shoot photos? =))
I didn’t join as much as I would have liked (only got a bit muddy) but I was happy to capture the moments behind the lens. If I go back again it would be just to participate fully.
Ahhh! Such a great time! So many happy faces! Love this post! Can I smack your ass?
Hahaha, well apparently you wouldn’t have to ask permission if you were going to do so 😛
These shots are even better! So close and right in it all!
Thanks! Can’t believe my camera survived all of it…LOL
Funny photo essay 😀 and really nice shots.
Thanks Vi! It’s really quite unique 🙂
As always, these images are simply amazing!
Thanks Diana 🙂
Love the mud and water, frozen in action on the ‘splish splash’ and ‘mud wrestling’ photos.
Thanks Sam, the water and mud was flying everywhere! LOL
Looks like a very exciting time!
Truly was exciting!
Superb photos Sam, looks like a fun festival form sure.
Thanks, it really was fun!
I can’t tell you how many times I tilted my head to the side and arched an eyebrow and thought WTF? only to laugh …. great photos!
LOL, it’s a bit of strange festival for sure. Glad you enjoyed the photos 🙂
haha the foreigners seems to be getting messier than the Koreans! 😛
They were 😛
These photos are fantastic – who would have thought rolling around in mud would be so much fun!
Thanks Emma! Indeed, muddy good times 🙂
Lovely pictures, you give a good idea of movement!
Thanks Angela 🙂
Aww, this sure looks fun. If I was you, I would have give my camera a rest and join the fun. The butt-smacking moment was suprisingly hilarious.
Hahaha…it was! Love those random moments while traveling even when you are the butt of the joke 😛
These pictures are amazing! Cannot believe how well they captured the day’s activities! Looking forward to following along with your travels!
Thanks Kyle! It’s quite the festival 🙂